Prestigous environmental professor at Umeå University

[2016-12-21] Arctic scholar and Greenland expert John Anderson, a professor at Loughborough University in England, has been designated the recipient of the HM King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Science 2017-18. He will be hosted by the Climate Impacts Research Centre, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University.

"What a lovely, early Christmas present for Umeå University! Arctic research is a priority for the University, and an important part is to understand and predict how climate changes affect the fragile environment of the Arctic and subarctic areas. Within the field the Climate Impacts Research Centre (CIRC) an extremely strong position, and the university's excellence in the field that both strengthened and broadened with John Anderson placed at CIRC in Abisko", says Hans Adolfsson, Rector of Umeå University

John Anderson is an internationally renowned researcher and professor of Physical Geography and paleolimnology at Loughborough University in England. By examining well-preserved sediments from lakes, sediment cores retain thousands of years of climate history, he tries to understand past and future effects on lake ecosystems and the environmental changes in the surroundings. He focuses on biogeochemical changes in lakes, primarily in terms of how carbon is circulating, and the quantities stored or placed - changes caused by natural and human factors, thousands of years back in time.

John Anderson, Loughborough University in England, has been appointed the 2017/18 year holder of the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professorship in Environmental Science. As a visiting professor, he will work at Umeå University. Photo: NERC ARP.

John Anderson, Loughborough University in England, has been appointed the 2017/18 year holder of the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professorship in Environmental Science. As a visiting professor, he will work at Umeå University. Photo: NERC ARP.

"John Anderson's stay at Umeå University will contribute enormously to the understanding of how the Arctic is changing. His research on lakes reacted to environmental changes in history means a lot to how we today, for example, can predict the conditions under which the lakes will absorb or emit carbon dioxide, that is, act as carbon sinks or carbon sources", says Jan Karlsson, Director of the Climate Impacts Research Centre.

For nearly 20 years, John Anderson studied lake bottoms in Greenland, where he analysed how the presence of some diatoms vary depending on water temperature, nutrient supply and pH, and the amount of algae can be used as indicators of lakes productivity, food web, carbon and nutrient dynamics.

As a guest professor at Umeå University, he wants to try to understand how the Arctic environment has changed in the 21st Century so far by comparing two extensively studied regions, namely Abisko in northern Sweden and Kangerlussuaq area in south western Greenland. John Anderson will also lead an excursion with Umeå researchers to Greenland during the summer of 2018, which could be the beginning of future research on the spot.

King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Science was created before Carl XVI Gustaf's 50th birthday in 1996. The visiting professorship is granted to Swedish universities and colleges and brings eminent foreign researchers who can be expected to contribute to the advancement of the Swedish Environmental Science.


For more information, please contact:

Jan Karlsson
Professor at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University

Science Director of the Climate Impacts Research Centre
Phone: +46 (0)90-786 60 02
E-mail: jan.p.karlsson@umu.se

Jan Karlsson, Director of the Climate Impacts Research Centre. Photo: Mattias Pettersson.

Jan Karlsson, Director of the Climate Impacts Research Centre. Photo: Mattias Pettersson.